Monday, May 21, 2012

Books for kids who wear glasses

I have three books for you guys today.



These reviews are completely my opinion and are not influenced in anyway by outside sources.  In regards to the children books reviewed, as a parent you are ultimately responsible for what your children read.  Please read what they read so you are informed on what they are learning.  I don't reveal plots, give spoilers or just summarize the books.  I don't enjoy reading books filled with cursing or sex so I tend to stay away from those.  This means I read very very few romance novels.  For the children's books I give the Princess' thumbs review and Boo's review (lets just say her reviews are interpretive and make more sense once you've read the book) in addition to my review rating.  My review scale can be found here or hover over the rating for a description.

My oldest daughter wears glasses.  She got them when she was two and the completely fit on the palm of my hand.

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We went through a lot in the beginning trying to get her to wear them, it wasn't easy. Here she is at three.

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Eventually she quit fighting us on them and just started wearing them.  Here she is at four.

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That is until she started school last year.  Ready for kindergarten at age five.

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You see, one of her classmates told her she looked ugly in glasses and that she didn't want to be her friend.  The child even went so far as ripping the glasses off her face, bending them and scratching her in the process.  As a mother this broke my heart and made me very angry.  I know she needs glasses in order to see and I never wanted her to be teased because of them.  Of course she told me she didn't want to wear them any more, but I had to try and convince her that she was still going to have to wear them no matter what people say.  After comforting her best I could, I scoured the library to find some books that might help.  I found two.

Luna and the Big Blur: A Story for Children Who Wear Glasses by Shirley Day


This book is about a little girl who has to wear glasses even though everyone else in her family does not.  She doesn't like her glasses and doesn't understand why she has to wear them.  After a dream that she no longer needs them she spends a day without.  Things don't go well for her.

The thing I really liked about this book is the section in the back for parents.  It has a list of common vision problems for children and how to have your children actively participate in taking care of their eyes.  It is not a short book and will have to be read to younger kids.  Older children will also be able to understand the concept of the story when reading it on their own.  I think this book is good for all ages of children.

The Princess gives it two thumbs up, and a sense of satisfaction from her glasses.  Boo says "Can I wear glasses?" (she doesn't need them).

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Princess Peepers by Pam Calveri

This is a really cute book about a Princess at Princess school.  She is made fun of by the other Princess' because she wears glasses.  She decides she doesn't need them and tries to go without with very humorous results.  It has a wonderful ending that shows her the glasses aren't so bad.

This book had more of an effect on my daughter because it was closer to her situation.  At the end of the book my daughter was actually thinking her glasses were really great.  As a result, the new glasses she got shortly after were pink, just like in the book.  I would give this book another half flower if I could for the way it made my daughter feel after reading it.  This book is good for all ages.

The Princess gives it two thumbs up.  Boo still "Wants glasses."

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As the year wore on, my daughter stood up for herself some to the bully.  She was still picked on, but she let it go instead of dwelling on it.

Here she is at six.  It is hard to tell, but those glasses are pink.

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I was very excited when I found this book last year.

Fancy Nancy Spectacular Spectacles by Jane O'Connor


If there was any question at this point on whether my daughter was upset about her glasses, this book erased them  See, she loves Fancy Nancy as you can read about here and here.  In this book Nancy is jealous of her friend Bree because Bree has new glasses.  I think it made my daughter's day to think Fancy Nancy wanted to wear glasses.

The Princes gives this two thumbs up.  Boo says "Now I can have glasses."

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The Princess turned seven last week.  Here she is last Friday on her school field trip.  She has now been wearing her glasses for five years.

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Check these books out at your local library or follow the links below to find them on Amazon.  I'm going to go ahead and say that if you purchase a book by using one of these links I will make a little money off of it.  Jeff says I have to start paying for this blog somehow since I spend so much time working on it.  There, you've been warned, now go buy some books!  You really don't have to, but I'm not going to stop you.  After all I've warned you and I pasted the links in...






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10 comments:

  1. What great books! I have a daughter who wears glasses and one that should...Maybe I need to read these books to her!!
    Jenny

    Owl Things First

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    1. I'm glad you like them Jenny! Like I said, they are good for any age.

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  2. I think your daughter looks adorable in her glasses. Children can be so mean and cruel to each other. My daughter was being picked on by a girl in her class a couple of years ago. We were very lucky though to have a great teacher who kept an eye out for her.

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    1. I'm glad your daughter's teacher looked out for her. I'm not sure that my daughter ever told her teacher, but I know the assistant teacher knew to watch out for her. Thanks for stopping by Snickety Things, I hope you come again!

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  3. Great information. Thanks. I'm pinning it to my "kid stuff" board.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Feel free to pin any of the images except the ones of my kids.

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  4. Or not... Sham I can't pin it, but I have listed the titles.

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    1. You should be able to pin it. I was able to use the pin it button and pin it to mine.

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    2. Thanks Renonda. I've been having some computer issues on my PC. I'll try again on my Mac.

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